Turkey has just approved new rules which will simplify the process of developing solar projects for less than 500 kW, and hopefully this will trigger a number of new installations. Legislation will allow plants to start production without the need to get a licence, and a project of this size could produce enough electricity to power around 700 homes.
It’s anticipated these new rules will add as much as 1100 MW in photovoltaic capacity during the next couple of years which would be a huge improvement on the 3 MW currently installed in the country. There isn’t a cap on the number of 500 kW systems that can be installed, so multiple systems can be set up anywhere in the country. Turkey is intending to generate around 30% of its power from renewable sources by 2023, so this new legislation is vitally important.
Local solar companies are being joined by a number of international companies who are anxious to get into this rapidly expanding market. Turkey is seen as being highly attractive for generating solar power, and it passed renewable energy legislation in December 2010 that fixed feed in tariffs which are essentially premium rates for clean energy.
Turkey pays a feed in tariff of $133 per megawatt hour solar power which is half the amount paid in Italy and only a third of the amount paid in Greece. Solar plant owners can earn a premium which can be as high as $67 per megawatt if the plant components are made locally. It’s expected there will be around 4 MW or 5 MW of new installations this year which will increase to around 50 to 100 MW next year and could rise to as much as 1000 MW by 2014.